The Indian Prime Minister, Mrs. Indira Gandhi, told members of the Sikkim Assembly in New?
The Indian Prime Minister, Mrs. Indira Gandhi, told members of the Sikkim Assembly in New Delhi on Tuesday (9 July) that India's policy towards its neighbours was one of firendship. During a 50-minute meeting with the visiting delegation she said India had never tried to put any kind of pressure on them.
The 32 member Sikkim delegation arrived in New Delhi on Tuesday - four days after the Chogyal (ruler) of the Indian protectorate had agreed to a new constitution. He had delayed signing it for two weeks fearing that it would mean the end of Sikkim's separate status.
During her talks, Mrs. Gandhi assured the delegates that Sikkim's individuality was assured. She said her country would offer all the help and sympathy the people of the state needed. She said it was up to the 200-thousand inhabitants of Sikkim to decide what future they wanted.
SYNOPSIS: Thirty two members of the Sikkim Assembly have begun talks in New Delhi with the Indian Government. The delegation arrived in the capital on Tuesday and went to the residence of President Ciri.
The delegation arrived four days after the Chogyal...or ruler ... of Sikkim agreed to a new constitution worked out between India and the leaders of the protectorate. The signing of the constitution was delayed two weeks because he feared it would mean the end of Sikkim's independent status.
From the President's residence the delegation went to the Prime Minister's office for talks with Mrs. Gandhi.
She told the visitors that India wanted to ensure Sikkim's individuality and would offer all the help and sympathy the 200-thousand people of the Himalayan state needed. She said it was up to the people to decide the kind of Sikkim they wanted to build.